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Carly: I wouldn't have signed those papers if I had any doubt about what kind of father you are.
Edward: Mark me off your hit list and move on to Monica.
Rae: You'll have to ruin Monica’s Christmas without me.
Jax: It was a pretty powerful presentation. Actually, I'm impressed.
Mike: Sonny, I need to --
Alexis: Hi, Roy.
Roy: Hi, Alexis.
Alexis: Hi, Melissa. Nice angel.
Roy: Yeah, it's for the Church crèche at Queen of All Saints. We're on our way over there now. Alexis: I didn't see you. I just looked up, and I saw this angel flying over the bushes.
Melissa: Well, my mom used to say they're everywhere. It just takes changing your perspective to see them.
Roy: That's where all that optimism comes from.
Melissa: Listen, we have to get her to the Church. They're going to be upset if they don't have her for the crèche.
Melissa: We'll see you later. Merry Christmas.
Alexis: Merry Christmas.
Roy: Merry Christmas, Alexis.
Alexis: Merry Christmas.
Carly: Okay, he said he'd be right back. Jax? Hey, Jax, where'd you go? Jax, are we through with business or what? You know, it is Christmas Eve, in case you've forgotten. Some people have some things to do. Come on. Jax?
Carly: Thank you?
Jax: What do you think?
Carly: What is this?
Jax: A glimpse of Christmas future.
Edward: Surrounded by all of your friends and admirers, I see. Hmm. Look at you -- miserable and alone, abandoned on Christmas Eve. Oh, how fitting.
Skye: Actually, I was thinking how I'm going to redecorate your office at E.L.Q. I'd like to be finished by the time I move in. I'm thinking fuchsia.
Edward: Do you honestly believe that you’re fooling anyone? No, no, no. We are on to you, Miss Skye. That miserable feeling in the pit of your stomach there. Mm-hmm? You've already been rejected by two families, and now even your own mother's disgusted by you.
Alan: I absolutely want you to be here, or I wouldn't have asked you to come.
Rae: Oh, Alan, I'm just making things more difficult for you. And God knows I've upset your wife again just by showing up, and that's exactly what Skye intended to have happen.
Alan: You're wrong.
Rae: No. She as much as admitted it. Why do you want me here, Alan?
Felicia: Merry Christmas.
Bobbie: Merry Christmas.
Amy: Hi! Merry Christmas.
Tony: You, too.
Bobbie: Time to get ready.
Tony: Time to get ready -- oh. So, are you and Felicia the elves this year?
Bobbie: Well, actually, we are. You know, Emily and Elizabeth usually do it, but we decided to take over so their families wouldn't feel as if they had been replaced.
Tony: You know, if I had known that you guys were going to be Santa’s elves, I mean, every day would be Christmas. Know what I mean?
Bobbie: Very charming.
Mac: Got plenty of places for these things. A lot of decorations -- hi.
Mac: They need to go up somewhere, huh?
Bobbie: Come with me, okay?
Mac: Find some special places for those.
Bobbie: Because we've got places for you to put all these, all right?
Felicia: What are you doing here?
Mac: What? Are you enjoying the hospital Christmas party?
Felicia: You're supposed to be at home putting together the you-know-what, and then you put it in the attic and then take it out tomorrow morning for Georgie.
Mac: The you-know-what was a lot easier to assemble than I thought.
Felicia: Yeah? Well, famous last words.
Mac: Relax, Felicia. It was, okay? It's up in the attic. All you have to do is go upstairs, bring it down in the morning, and put it under the tree.
Felicia: You'll be there, won't you? Tomorrow morning?
Mac: 6:00 a.m.
Scott: Hey, Bobbie --
Felicia: Because it wouldn't be Christmas without you, Mac.
Bobbie: Oh, hi.
Scott: Look at you. Look at you.
Scott: Two elves. Just what I need -- two elves for the night.
Bobbie: I bet you didn't know there's a reason why we're dressed this way.
Felicia: And we're doing more than just elf duty this year.
Bobbie: Yeah. Actually, we've been collecting donations to buy gifts for kids, and we started the program way back in June.
Scott: Hi, Ned.
Kristina: I think that's a beautiful gesture. What about you, Ebenezer? You going to put your money where your mouth is?
Ned: Oh, absolutely.
Kristina: What is up with you?
Ned: Must be your influence.
Kristina: I don't remember being asked to be teased 24/7.
Ned: Who's teasing? From now on, I take whatever you say quite literally. You told me to go to open mike night. You get up onstage, blow me away. Then you tell me to take a flying leap, and we go skiing at night -- changes my life. See the pattern here?
Kristina: I think you need to learn when someone's kidding.
Ned: No. I need to start opening my eyes to all the opportunities in this world.
Georgie: Look. Ned's standing under the mistletoe.
Courtney: It's you. Oh, Daddy, it's really you. I can't believe it. How can this be happening? Where have you been all this time?
Sonny: Mike -- this is your daughter?
Courtney: It's really you?
Mike: Yes, Courtney. It's me.
Sonny: You told me your father was dead.
Courtney: That's what we thought. Why didn't you call me and tell me the minute you found out? You must have been in shock when you saw him.
Janine: No, not exactly.
Courtney: What -- what do mean, "not exactly"? Somebody please explain this. My -- my father's alive, and nobody bothers to tell me?
Sonny: Go ahead, Mike. Explain.
Mike: Courtney, honey, I -- I'm so sorry.
Courtney: Sorry for what? Where were you?
Janine: I never thought this would happen. Baby, I never -- I never expected you to see him again.
Courtney: Oh, my God. Oh, my God, you knew.
Janine: Okay. Now, I want you to listen to me.
Courtney: You knew. All these years you told me that he was dead.
Janine: What I told you I told you for your own good.
Courtney: You told me my father was dead. How could you lie to me about something --
Janine: Because we would have been better off if he had been dead.
Carly: How -- how did you do all this?
Jax: Just a few well-placed phone calls.
Carly: No, I -- I know. I mean -- but why? What is this?
Jax: Just what it looks like. It's a celebration. I thought you might like to join me in a glass of champagne, that's all. Get the holidays off to a good start.
Carly: Well, I am impressed and definitely flattered. But, unfortunately, I cannot stay. I have a hot date with my son. We are hanging stockings by the chimney with care.
Jax: You're no ordinary mother. I mean that as a compliment.
Carly: Well -- you know, I thought that we planned to keep business and personal separate.
Jax: Oh, no, no, we did. I'm just making an observation, that's all -- that you don't do anything, including opening a club and raising your child, in a conventional way. You know, I may have judged you for that, and I won't anymore. Anyway -- for you.
Carly: What's that?
Jax: An early Christmas present.
Carly: Oh -- you know, really, I -- you didn't need to do this, and, actually, I wish you hadn't, especially after my little performance with the building commissioners.
Jax: No, no, you did fine. I already told you. Actually, you did -- you did better than fine.
Carly: You know what? Here. Take it back, please? I -- I can't accept it. Please?
Jax: You might want to open that before you make up your mind.
Carly: Oh, my God, Jax. Oh, my God!
Edward: I'm sorry, my dear, but you might just as well know the truth. Now, Skye, here, has managed not only to ruin this Christmas but all holidays to come for me and for all of us.
Lila: Edward, I will not have you speaking to Skye like this at Christmas. Now, stop sulking and apologize.
Edward: I am sorry, but I will not apologize for what I believe.
Skye: I -- it's all right, Grandmother. I completely understand. The holidays tend to make some people extremely emotional.
Edward: Oh --
Lila: They're only shares of a company, Edward. Just pieces of paper.
Edward: No, no, no. They are more than just pieces of paper. This interloper has stolen everything that I built up -- my legacy.
Lila: Edward, you have your children, your grandchildren. Oh, Edward, you have so much.
Edward: No. You just don't understand, do you, Lila? I have nothing left. Nothing.
Rae: Alan --
Alan: I see the positive effect that you have on Skye, and I want you to be here for her. I want you to be here for me. You make me a better parent, you make me a better person, and I'm grateful. I always will be.
Woman: You can go down there -- oops, sorry.
Alan: How long have you been standing there?
Woman: All the way --
Monica: Oh, well, I didn't want to intrude on what was obviously a very private, personal moment.
Rae: Monica, I'm truly sorry for all the trouble that Skye has caused. I never wanted any of this. Alan, I think it's best if I -- if I head back to Llanview.
Monica: Is this when I'm supposed to ask her to stay?
Alan: Rae, don't go anywhere, please. Have a word with you? I thought we worked this out.
Monica: Well, I gave it my best shot.
Alan: You mean you made a half-hearted attempt at cooperation and now you're asking me to tell Rae to hit the road on Christmas Eve? I wouldn't do that to a stranger.
Monica: Well, Rae Cummings is not a stranger, Alan. No, no. You learn from her. You're better because of her. And you are so grateful, grateful for the love that you had.
Georgie: You're supposed to kiss. Those are the rules.
Kristina: Well, you see, this is actually not a real mistletoe. It's a fake mistletoe, so it doesn't actually count. But see that candy over there? That is real candy.
Georgie: I'd better check.
Ned: What about you? Can I treat you to a candy cane?
Kristina: Yeah, that would be nice. I'll meet you over there.
Carly: Oh. Thank you. This is -- is absolutely amazing. This is the best, most incredible gift ever. You know what? You're also a big jerk. You just let me stand here and practically give this back to you!
Jax: Well, I knew you'd change your mind once you opened it, so --
Carly: How did you do this? What -- oh, what did you do?
Jax: No, I didn't do anything. I mean, the commissioners were obviously won over by you -- or maybe it was the threat of your left hook.
Carly: This -- this means that we can start work, right, on the club, right?
Jax: Yes, that document -- signed, sealed, and delivered -- authorizes us to begin construction. We start right after the holidays. Congratulations and Merry Christmas.
Carly: I -- I can't -- this club -- my -- my dream -- it's really going to happen.
Jax: It is happening. Here's to you. To the most unconventional club-owning mom in town.
Carly: Thank you.
Jax: Enjoy the holidays while you can because the fun's about to end and the real work's about to start.
Carly: Oh, I cannot wait. Hey, listen, Jax, I know you probably have plans and all, but if you can make some time, why don't you come by the hospital for the Christmas party. I know how hard it can be when you're alone on the holidays and missing somebody and -- I'm sorry. That was incredibly insensitive.
Jax: No --
Carly: I didn't mean it that way --
Jax: It's fine, it's fine. Thanks for your concern. I appreciate the offer, but -- look, you better get going because you don't want to keep your little boy waiting.
Carly: Yeah. You're right.
Carly: Hey -- Merry Christmas, Jax.
Jax: Yeah. Merry Christmas.
Skye: Grandmother, are you all right?
Lila: It saddens me to see how -- how blind Edward has become to the really good things in his life.
Skye: I'm so sorry.
Lila: Now, don't you dare go blaming yourself, my dear.
Skye: I feel responsible. You're the whole reason this -- that this infuriating, exasperating family hasn't come apart at the seams a long time ago. Grandfather hurt you deeply. I can see it in your eyes. Oh, I wish I could do something to make it up to you.
Lila: If you really mean that, dear --
Skye: Of course I do.
Lila: Then perhaps there is something you can do for me.
Felicia: Everybody, follow me. The party is about to begin.
Bobbie: All we need is the guest of honor.
Felicia: Walk this way. Come on.
Bobbie: And I think he's coming.
Felicia: We need to scoot back. Scoot back this way.
Tony: Ho, ho, ho!
Children: Santa Claus!
Tony: I have tons of presents this year for everybody --
Tony: But I have to know where the party is. Where's the party?
Children: That way!
Tony: Come on, kiddos!
Bobbie: See you.
Tony: See you all later.
Alan: Look, if you're still trying to punish me over Skye, you have already played that card. If it is paranoia, get over it. I’m devoted to you, Monica, period.
Monica: No, you're devoted to your guilty conscience. Too bad it only entails Rae and Skye.
Alan: Thank you so much for being so understanding. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and spread the joy of Christmas to some nice children.
A.J.: Mom, I don't --
Monica: Uh-uh. No, no, no, no. I don't even want to talk to you because you do side with Skye.
A.J.: Why does there have to be any sides at all?
Alexis: What's wrong?
Kristina: Nothing is wrong. Nothing is wrong at all. It's Christmastime, and we're all together, and everything is perfectly right.
Janine: Now, baby girl, you listen to me. Your so-called father took my entire life savings, your future, and he gambled it all away just like that because he only cares about himself. You understand? He doesn't care about you or me -- just himself. And I had to get you away from all that.
Courtney: You had no right to lie to me.
Janine: Well, maybe not. But you were young and I was scared and I would have done anything to protect you. And I know it was for the best.
Courtney: Growing up without a father?
Janine: No, baby. Growing up without a father like Mike Corbin. He never even tried to find you.
Courtney: Why would he want to? God, listen to you. You hate him! Worse, you told me he died!
Janine: Okay, now, look. I want you to try and understand what I'm saying!
Courtney: How can I listen to a single word that you say? You're just a liar.
Sonny: You know me here. Maybe you should just hear her out.
Courtney: Who are you to say anything about this?
Mike: He's your brother, Courtney. Sonny is your brother.
Audrey: Slow down.
Taggert: Whoops. Sorry. Good, good. Let's go meet Santa. Come on. Vroom.
Audrey: Oh, dear. Sorry.
Kristina: Whatever you're thinking -- don’t.
Alexis: What are you talking about?
Kristina: Alexis, there's nothing going on between me and Ned. I'm serious.
Alexis: I wasn't thinking anything.
Kristina: Okay. So we're fine?
Alexis: Of course we're fine. Kristina. Stop it.
Kristina: Merry Christmas.
Stefan: Hello, Ned. Merry Christmas. Alexis.
Stefan: Welcome back.
Alexis: Thank you. Thanks.
Stefan: I've been so looking forward to having my family together for the holidays.
Alexis: Me, too. I missed a few things while I was away.
Stefan: Yes. If you're referring to my public announcement that Kristina is a Cassadine, you missed it. It was a proud moment for me.
Alexis: Who wouldn't be proud to have Kristina as a sister?
Nikolas: Come on, guys, the posse awaits.
Alexis: Kiss your fiancée. You're under the mistletoe. And then come over here and kiss me because you may be the prince, but I can still order you around because you're my nephew.
Nikolas: I won't argue with that. Come here.
Gia: Everything okay?
Gia: Could have fooled me. You know, you couldn't act more distracted if you tried.
Kristina: You know what? You're right. Gia, I just -- I don't know where to stand. I don't know where to look. I mean, Ned is over there, and Alexis is over there, and -- ugh, I hate this.
Gia: Well, I thought Alexis was okay with you liking Ned.
Kristina: "Like." "Like" is the operative word.
Gia: Well, then, what's the problem?
Rae: Monica, you can't leave until we talk about this.
Monica: Excuse me. Your daughter is after me. You're after my husband. What is there to talk about?
Courtney: You're my brother?
Janine: He's your half brother.
Courtney: You came here to get money from him, didn't you? That's what this was about.
Janine: I didn't know your father lived in Port Charles. I certainly didn't know he had some connection to Mr. Sonny Corinthos. You see, I didn't know Mike had another family. He forgot to tell me.
Courtney: This is why you never tried to find me, isn't it? You were too caught up with your famous mobster son here. I wasn't good enough or important enough!
Mike: Don't say that, Courtney. Don't even think that.
Courtney: Why not? Why not? It's the truth! Am I the only one capable of honesty here?
Johnny: Carly and Michael are here.
Sonny: Can you -- you tell them to wait outside. I don't want them to see any of this.
Sonny: My son's here. I got to go.
Courtney: You're just going to walk out?
Sonny: Just stay -- you know what? Stay here as long as you need. Johnny will drive you back to where you're staying when you're finished.
Mike: Michael, wait --
Sonny: I got --
Mike: We got to talk about this.
Sonny: Mike! My son's out there, okay? I promised that I was going to be with him. I'm not going to let him down.
Carly: Hey, Sonny. Are you all right?
Sonny: Hey, buddy. Guess what -- it's Christmas Eve. You ready to have all your dreams come true?
Tony: Ho, ho, ho, ho!
Tony: Oh, I love this! Doesn't this place look wonderful?
Tony: Well, let's say a special thanks to all the people whose hard work and generosity made this possible.
Tony: And even better, we'd like to say a special thanks to Audrey Hardy, who's made this possible for all these many years, and we appreciate it.
Audrey: Thank you, Santa. I'm so glad you could come and visit us tonight.
Tony: Well, I appreciate it.
Audrey: Well, it is true, yes, the children's Christmas party was started by my late husband, Steve. And he used to look forward to it every year. He especially loved telling the Christmas story. This year Dr. Alan Quartermaine is going to be reading a story to us soon. I want you to all listen very carefully because it tells the true meaning of Christmas.
Alan: Okay, kids. This is how it happened.
Jax: Hey. You okay?
Alexis: It's been a tough year, but I certainly feel fortunate. Looking at this, I don't feel like I have any problems at all.
Jax: You lost your best friend this year.
Alexis: I'm not alone.
Alexis: You know you turn your back for one second and the world gets different. You can't take for granted the things that you used to take for granted. Certainly the things that I thought I knew -- I don't think I know much of anything at all anymore. Just seems so transitory, you know?
Jax: Yeah. We both lost people we love. It's going to hurt for a long time to come. But we haven't lost everything because we still have a future. We have the chance to get up tomorrow and go on.
Alexis: You know, the most important thing about losing someone that you love is that it makes you really appreciate the people that are still in your life. And it makes you want to tell them things that they probably already know, but you kind of want to tell them anyway. I love you, and my life is better because of you.
Jax: I love you, too, Alexis.
Alexis: Just takes a shift in perspective.
Jax: What's that?
Alexis: I have an idea. I need your help. There's something I want to do.
Bobbie: Hey. Where have you been? And where's Michael? He's going to miss the Christmas party.
Carly: Yeah, he knows. He decided to go shopping with Sonny instead. Michael said he wanted to get me a special gift.
Bobbie: You're kidding?
Carly: No. But you know what? He is going to get the best gift of all this year -- Sonny signed the adoption papers.
Bobbie: Oh. Honey, are you sure about this?
Carly: Yeah. You know, I have never been more sure about anything in my life.
Bobbie: Well, then, I'm happy for you. I'm happy for all three of you.
Carly: Oh. Merry Christmas, Mom.
Bobbie: And a Merry Christmas to you, too. Give Michael a kiss for me and tell Sonny Merry Christmas.
Carly: I will. Have fun.
A.J.: So, where's my son tonight?
Carly: Well, my son -- he is shopping with Sonny. I signed the adoption papers, so, legally and every other way, they are father and son. Merry Christmas.
Alan: "And so Joseph went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to the city of David, called Bethlehem, to be registered with Mary, his wife, who was expecting a child. While they were there, her time to deliver came, and she gave birth to a first-born son and wrapped him in bands of cloth and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region, there were shepherds living in the field keeping watch over their flock by night. An angel of the Lord appeared before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were very much afraid. But the angel said unto them, 'Fear not, for I bring you news of great joy for all people. To you is born this day in Bethlehem a Savior who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you. You will find the child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest and peace to people on earth.'"
Maxie: Hey, everyone, look out the window.
["The First Noel" plays]
Rae: Monica –
Monica: -- know -- Swahili would be fine. The fact is that Alan invited you here and you're using Skye to get back with him.
Rae: You know, this is all in your head. You do know that. You know, the world is full of so many problems. Why do you make up ones that just don't exist? So, come on, tell me. What is this really about?
Monica: You're not my shrink, Rae. So go back home and go live your life, all right? Stay out of mine.
A.J.: Wow. Perfect ending to a perfect day.
Edward: What the hell is going on down here, all this yelling and shouting? More of Skye’s handiwork, no doubt.
Rae: This has nothing to do with my daughter.
Monica: This has everything to do with your daughter.
Edward: No, no, no. Just lay the blame exactly where it belongs -- at Skye’s feet.
Edward: I have told you people in this family from the day she arrived she brought a plague with her, and nobody ever listens to me.
Carolers: Her king let ev'ry heart prepare him room
Women: And heaven and nature sing
Men: And heaven and nature sing
Women: And heaven and nature sing
All: And heaven and heaven and nature sing he rules the world with truth and grace and makes the nations prove
Woman: Silent night holy night all is calm all is bright
Women: Round yon virgin mother and child holy infant so tender and mild
Carolers: Sleep in heavenly peace sleep in heavenly peace silent night holy night son of God love's pure light radiant beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace Jesus, Lord, at thy birth Jesus, Lord, at thy birth
Carolers: Silent night holy night all is calm all is bright round yon virgin mother and child
Edward: I love you, Lila.
Carolers: Holy infant so tender and mild sleep in heavenly peace sleep in heavenly peace
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Roy: Merry Christmas.
Melissa: You know something? Don't "Merry Christmas" me.
Elizabeth: Nikolas --
Nikolas: You're back. Welcome home.
Jax: This partnership's over.
A.J.: Carly just signed the papers for Sonny to adopt Michael.
Mike: Your sister ran off, and I need your help.